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World Woman Foundation & Hootsuite Release the ‘Digital Gender Diversity Impact Report, 2021’

World Woman Hour campaign produces viral results; new report shares ten social-first recommendations to enable gender equality in organizations

  • 48 million + impressions across all social media platforms

  • 1.6 million + trailer views on social media

  • 1.5 million + live views on World Woman Hour

Vancouver, March 18, 2021—Today, Hootsuite released the Digital Gender Diversity Impact Report in partnership with World Woman Foundation, Georgetown University’s Business for Impact, and VMLY&R Commerce. The report showcases the power of digital media to promote gender equality in a bold new way—providing best practices that brands and organizations can leverage to drive positive social change and increase engagement.

To create the report, World Woman Hour utilized Hootsuite’s analytics tool (Hootsuite Advanced Analytics) and social listening capabilities to analyze the campaign's reach and effectiveness and deliver ten recommendations by which digital media can be used to empower women.

“We were thrilled to participate in this initiative with World Woman Foundation by providing Hootsuite’s platform to help enable the distribution of this barrier-breaking content for women around the world,'' said Eva Taylor, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Hootsuite. “We continue to see disparity and inequality for women globally, as showcased through our Digital 2021 report, which finds that women are still behind men when it comes to social media access and literacy rates. We also know that the gender gap has further widened due to the global pandemic. This makes collaborative initiatives such as World Woman Hour more important and impactful than ever before, in order to help drive positive social change and increase engagement when it comes to gender equality.”

The report focuses on the impact and take-aways from World Woman Hour, a global digital micro-story-telling platform featuring inspiring stories of 60 women, told in 60 seconds, and collectively visualized in a powerful 60 minutes of the film—in celebration of last year’s International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th.

The social-first movement included hero stories from Cynthia Erivo, Jane Goodall, Angelica Hale, and Kechi Okwuchi (to name a few), with the goal to find a positive role model for one million girls by 2030 and inspire them to follow their hearts and ambitions; it was brought to life by an all-women production team during the global pandemic

"World Woman Hour stories unleash the power of women in a bold new way that is about progress, positive change, and possibilities. The report provides strategic guidance to corporations to invest in digital gender equality platforms such as World Woman Hour. We know that amplifying women's stories is key to the digital empowerment of 1.9 billion female social media users and making equality a reality," said Rupa Dash, CEO, World Woman Foundation.

According to Hootsuite’s Digital 2021 Report, there are 5 billion internet users worldwide, with 4.2 billion people currently on social media; 45% of global social media users are women, while their male counterparts account for 55%. In addition, women hold a global literacy rate of 83%, while men hold a literacy rate of 90%. Although many improvements have been made to remedy gender inequities worldwide, the gap still prevails.

World Woman’s Hour reached 47.95 million impressions across social media platforms. A word cloud, provided via Hootsuite’s integration with social listening tool Brandwatch, reported 34% of the posts reflected confidence, 37%, courage, and 29%, choice. Although most of the World Woman Hour ‘Hero’ social media accounts are in English, many of the heroes are from different countries and wrote messages in other languages.

Hootsuite’s analytics tools found that empowerment stories featuring women garnered an 89% positive sentiment on social media, and countries with the most engaged audiences included the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Australia, Germany, Palestine, Indonesia, Colombia, and Brazil—while the top languages featured were English, Spanish, Estonian, and Turkish.

"It was an honor and privilege to work with World Woman Foundation on this powerful hour of content that will continue to be viewed by millions and impact generations of women,'' said Beth Ann Kaminkow, Global CEO VMLY&R Commerce. “As these sixty women and sixty stories represent, much progress has been made around the world when women dare to follow their dreams; but, much work still needs to be done to close the gaps. We all have a role to play in that."

Join Hootsuite for a LinkedIn Live with Rupa Dash, CEO of World Woman Foundation, Beth Ann Kaminkow, Global Chief Executive Officer of VMLY&R Commerce and Eva Taylor, Corporate Social Responsibility Director at Hootsuite on Digital Diversity’s Impact on Gender Equality on March 18, at 1 PM PST.

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About World Woman Foundation

Equality for Women is Progress for All. Guided by our mission, we launched the global moonshot to reimagine the #equalfuture—a bold new way to accelerate women's leadership that is about dignity, equality, and choice. Today we are a global community of women leaders committed to scale and accelerate the impact of one million women and girls by 2030 within long-term investments to expand skills, connections, capacity, and visibility. Over the last 5 years, we have built a network of 300 change-makers in 20 countries who are solving the world's greatest challenges. We aim to elevate 2 million women's socio-economic milieu by access to capital, community, and coaching in STEAM fields.

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